Amid threats of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) losing its BCCI membership, former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi now has a clear path to contest in the association’s election on Thursday after the Supreme Court-appointed observer dismissed objections raised against his nomination for the presidential post.
Modi, who was banned for life by the BCCI from all cricket matters in India after being found guilty of financial bungling during his stint as IPL commissioner, had defiantly filed his nomination through his lawyer for the election on December 16, prompting a livid BCCI to threaten the suspension of the RCA.
Immediately after the announcement, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel shot off another letter to RCA president C P Joshi repeating the threat.
Bhilwara District Cricket Association secretary Rampal Sharma, a close aide of incumbent RCA president C P Joshi, had disputed Modi’s candidature on the grounds that the association stands to lose its rights and privileges as a BCCI member if Modi was allowed to contest and defy the ban.
Retired justice Narendra Mohan Kasliwal, the judge appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the RCA elections as a principal observer, rejected the arguments put forth by Sharma’s lawyer.